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Bring your pets with you when you leave. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control and the Arizona Humane Society will have temporary shelter available for your use while you are making alternate arrangements. You can also predetermine which hotels in your area accept pets,
Our primary way to deliver emergency information to the public is via Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages which are pushed to radio stations and television stations. Other options would include:
- Wireless Emergency Alerts to cell phones
- The Community Emergency Notification System (CENS), which is a recorded message sent to landlines and recorded/text message to registered cell phones/VoIP phones
- Website alerts on Maricopa.gov
- Social Media posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor (via Emergency Alerts)
- Our Ready Maricopa cell phone app, in which we can send out alerts.
- We are also equipped with HAM radios in our EOC.
An emergency supply kit is intended to help you survive in the event of a disaster or large-scale emergency. Keep enough supplies in your kit to survive on your own for at least three days without electricity or running water. Keep these materials in an easily accessible, separate container or special cupboard. Indicate to your family members that these supplies are for emergencies only.
A Go Bag is an extension of your emergency supply kit, containing items that you would take with you if you needed to evacuate from your home. Every family member and pet should have a Go Bag. It should be packed in a sturdy, easy-to-carry container and should be easily accessible.
Find out more about what goes in each here.
We totally understand your concern and your need to feel informed ahead of time. The answer, unfortunately, is we don’t know those answers until First Responders (Fire Department and/or Law Enforcement) understand the hazard and the hazard area.
During large-scale emergencies, First Responders size up the incident and determine if protective action measures are needed and if so what type i.e. evacuation, sheltering, etc. Each emergency varies in their scope and location, therefore, the specific instructions on where to go and what to do can vary. Factors such as wind speed, wind direction, road closures, etc. can affect which routes and/or shelter locations are available.
Once the hazard is understood and projected impact area determined then First Responders will decide on the safest routes to use for evacuation and which locations to open as a shelter, if needed. If a listing of specific routes or shelter locations are pre-published, residents may ignore protective action messaging and potentially expose themselves to increased chance of danger or harm.
During any emergency, you want to listen for official information and immediately follow the instructions provided by emergency response personnel. For any potential emergency or disaster, it is important for you to have a reliable means to receive official warnings and instructions. This includes solar- crank- or battery-powered radios (in case of a power outage), television, cell phones, official government websites and social media.
No matter where you are, be prepared for any type of emergency and be ready to take action this includes creating a plan for your family that can include places to meet and how to reach each other.
For more information regarding Red Cross shelters and to find out which shelters are currently open visit: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter. Please note: shelters are not listed in this page unless they are open.